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Trees Lost to Storms: The Impacts on Urban Tree Canopy
The storm that hit Dallas on June 9th did extensive damage to the city’s urban tree canopy. And we’re still losing trees as a result. In fact, officials estimate that Dallas lost 600 trees in public parks alone – so far. The worst of the damage occurred around White Rock Lake, where 1/3 of all trees we lost. Similar damage occurred in residential areas throughout the city, and especially East Dallas. We are still removing large trees that are succumbing to damage they sustained during that storm.
It’s heating up
What does this tree loss mean in the long run? A hotter city. Trees are a major mitigator of rising city temperatures. When we lose tree canopy, urban temperatures get hotter. Your electricity bill also goes up when you lose the natural shade on your home. Tree loss also means potentially worse air quality, more water runoff and soil erosion issues, and certainly less habitat for wildlife. The list of negative impacts is a long one.
To combat the urban heat island, we need to plant more trees.
Growing the urban tree canopy is incredibly important in any urban environment. But in cities such as Dallas, that are growing exponentially, it’s even more important. The average temperature in the Dallas urban area continues to rise. Without more tree canopy it will only get worse. Studies show that a 5% increase in tree canopy can help cool urban temperatures by 10-15 degrees F from the surrounding sunny areas. That statistic alone is a great reason to plant more trees!
With growing populations comes growing car traffic and increased air pollution. We need more trees to clean our air.
Plant the Right Trees
If you’re ready to plant new trees, you should also strive to plant the right trees for North Texas. Native or adapted trees are best because they are suited to our temperature extremes and soils. Tree species diversity is also key to the health of the ecosystem as a whole – and to reduce invasive species.
Good Tree Choices
- Chinquipin Oak
- Bald Cypress
- Cedar Elm
- Monterrey Oak
- Eve’s Necklace
- Texas Buckeye
- Red Maple
- Chinese Pistache
How are we helping?
In conjunction with Texas Trees Foundation, the Davey Resource Group, and the City of Dallas, Preservation Tree Services will establish Dallas’ first professional urban foresty master plan. In addition to identifying areas where trees can be added to aid in cooling the urban heat island, the plan will also address how to care for existing trees to avoid a repeat of the June storm. The project is set to be complete by Earth Day, 2020.
A healthy urban tree canopy is critical for a healthy urban environment. If you’re ready to add to the urban tree canopy with new plantings on your own property, we can help select and plant the best species for your needs and space.